Emergency Thanksgiving Dinner

Okay. Maybe you’ve been out of the country for while. Or just emerged from a coma. Or don’t feel you have anything to be thankful for. But whatever your reason for not making plans for Thanksgiving, the La Honda Country Market has you covered for that last minute Thanksgiving feast. It’s one of the reasons we depend on a rural market. It’s one of the reasons we support it to keep it in business.

So…not to belabor the point…you understand why we’re thankful for local country markets this Thanksgiving. Now what do you do about preparing a special dinner at the absolutely very last minute. Not a problem. Read on.

1. It’s all about the coffee and desserts. Everyone will forgive you everything if they have great coffee and desserts. No problem. The La Honda Country Market has you covered. They have not one but four different kinds of fair trade coffee and amazing desserts: eclairs, brownies, Olallieberry and Pumpkin pie from Duartes…Duartes…yummmm…and all kinds of ice cream including Rocky Road, Mint Chocolate Chip, Kona Coffee, Vanilla and chocolate…plus many varieties of cookies and more.

2. You don’t have to serve Turkey. If you don’t go traditional, you can grill some incredible New York or Rib Eye steaks  or organic chicken breasts and Italian sausage that will make you thankful you don’t have to eat leftovers for days on end. There’s also sausages (chicken and apple; garlic and gruyere cheese or andouille) and even makings for a wonderful quiche (pie crust, cheese, veggies, bacon and eggs) that would make an incredible meal.

3. The fresh vegetables could rule the day. Did you know that the Market has fresh persimmons, cranberries, acorn squash, green beans (a lot of green beans), carrots, avocados, tomatoes, several varieties of apples, bananas and the biggest celery stalks I’ve ever seen?  You can create a FEAST with just the vegetables at the La Honda Country Market, dudes! Try it.

4. When Wild Turkey might suffice. There are more than 40 types of beer at the La Honda Market, and many fine wines. Sometimes a surfeit of great beverages can make the meal worthwhile. Check them out.

5. Have you considered frozen food? The market has high quality frozen dinners too, you know. Grab and go. It’s the American way.

5. It’s really all about the bread. Seriously. I could just live on bread. And the La Honda Country Market has some of the most amazing artisan breads around.  All is forgiven in the turkey department if you provide excellent bread.

So, there you have it.  Some ideas for a last minute Thanksgiving feast. Now there’s no excuse not to be thankful, eh? I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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About countrymarketcooking

I am blogging about my experiment in sustainable community through cooking in the tiny mountain town of La Honda, California. Each week I'll be buying ingredients for a family-of-four-dinner at our fabulous local La Honda Country Market (which we are so lucky to have). Then I'll blog about it and share my recipes for that meal. Mangia!
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